While only 3-5% of chiropractors in the U.S. are colored, a recent survey found that significantly larger numbers of chiropractors and assistants work for minority-owned practices in roughly equal numbers of suburbs and urban areas .
According to the latest Chiropractic Economics Salary & Expense Survey, which measures the April 2020 through April 2021 pandemic months, 15% of chiropractors or chiropractic assistants work for a minority practice. By region, these practices are strongest in the western and southern United States.
Of the 15% of chiropractors or chiropractic assistants who report working in a minority-run practice, around 7% report working in both urban and suburban settings, the rest in rural settings.
The majority of the 95% + white chiropractors serve a U.S. population that, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 40% is non-white.
“A lot of minorities we speak to have no idea what chiropractors do,” LaToya Harris, a recent graduate in chiropractic and whose twin sister also has a degree, told Chiropractic Economics. “For us it is a constant educational process. It reminds me of saying, ‘You don’t know what you don’t know.’ I think that increasing chiropractic treatment in minority communities could lead to an increase in minority patients. Tonya and I both understand the value of representation and what it means to see someone who looks like you are accomplishing things you want to accomplish in life. It is very important that my sister and I work to change this aspect of health care. “
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